09 Marzo 2017 16:56
More than 50,000 people signed a petition to save the pitbull, named Buddy, from being put down. The dog's life was hanging by a thread after a woman claimed he had attacked her. Police have now determined that Buddy was attempting to defend the accuser's son.
The incident took place in Moama, New South Wales (Australia), when the woman, a crystal meth addict, took her five and nine-year-old sons to Murray River last Thursday to drown them.
According to local reports, the woman ordered her eldest son into the water, but he escaped and ran up the river bank. At this point the boy was bitten by the dog, who then attacked the mother.
Police later recovered the body of the younger brother from the river. The mother will be accused of murder and attempted murder.
Buddy was detained by the police, prompting fears he was to be destroyed. His family launched an online petition saying: 'Buddy doesn't have a history of being a dangerous dog and most certainly hasn't ever bitten anyone and has never been seized before for anything. Buddy is a member of our family and has grown up around children his whole life and has been the most gentlest dog, he has clearly seen a child in distress and and attempted to help.'
Now it seems that Buddy's family can breathe easy: the dog will be returned home safe and sound. 'The NSW Police have since advised us that their investigations to date have deemed that the dog in question was responding to extreme circumstances,' a council spokeswoman told the Sydney Morning Herald.
'It is likely that the dog was acting in reasonable defence of the nine-year-old boy. The NSW police have advised the council that they will not be seeking an order to destroy this animal.'